An omphalocele is a birth defect in which the infant’s intestines or abdominal organs stick out of the belly button or navel. In babies with this condition, the intestine is only covered by a thin layer of tissue and can easily been seen. About 25 to 40% of babies born with this condition usually have other birth defects that may include genetic problems, congenital diaphragmatic hernia and heart defects.
What are the symptoms of omphalocele ?
An omphalocele can be seen clearly because the abdominal contents stick out through the belly button area. There are different sizes of omphalocele. In larger ones, the spleen and liver can also stick out.